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  • Joey Dorsey starts w/ Dwight Howard resting
    Joey Dorsey will start at center on Wednesday with Dwight Howard resting his knee during Houston's back-to-back set.

    Advice: Dorsey is a non-factor in standard leagues even when starting. He's averaging 3.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 fouls in just 15.2 minutes during his 15 starts this season, and was even the victim of a Hack-a-Dorsey strategy on Sunday.
    Today, 4:04 pm
  • Kevin Garnett ruled out again Wednesday
    Kevin Garnett (knee, illness) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: This confirms earlier reports and there's no clear return date for KG, though he did join the Wolves during shootaround on Wednesday. Adreian Payne, Anthony Bennett and Justin Hamilton will continue to hold down the frontcourt with KG, Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (concussion) all out of commission.
    Today, 3:57 pm
  • Kevin Martin (hamstring) will not play vs TOR
    Kevin Martin (hamstring) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is not a surprise despite the Wolves saying Martin could return. There's also some hope he'll play on Friday, but we have our doubts. Lorenzo Brown and Zach LaVine will get most of the backcourt minutes tonight.
    Today, 3:55 pm
  • Dion Waiters (foot) will play vs. Mavericks
    Dion Waiters (foot) will play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He didn't have any setbacks during shootaround and it sounds like his re-evaluation on Tuesday went well, so Waiters should be in the clear. That doesn't make him a reliable fantasy option, of course, as he shot just 41.7 percent from the field and 62.9 percent from the FT line in March.
    Today, 3:26 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will play vs. Celtics
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will "try to play" vs. the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stuckey shot 1-of-8 from the field in 25 minutes on Tuesday and owners may want to shy away from him -- the injury is to his shooting wrist and coach Frank Vogel suggested that Stuckey is pretty banged up. He recently recovered from a calf injury and may only be suiting up because the Pacers are fighting for their playoff lives. If he is limited, expect more opportunities to open up for C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez.
    Today, 3:04 pm
  • Hawks hope Walter Tavares joins NBA next year
    The Hawks intend to bring 2014 draft pick Walter Tavares to the NBA next season, according to David Pick of

    Advice: Tavares is a 7'3" center who currently plays for Gran Canaria in Spain, where he's averaging 8.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in just 22 minutes per game. He's extremely raw and is unlikely to make a fantasy impact as a rookie.
    Today, 2:40 pm
  • Report: Mavs won't overpay for Rajon Rondo
    The Mavericks reportedly hope to re-sign Rajon Rondo in free agency this summer, but they "wouldn't be willing to get into a bidding war."

    Advice: Nor should they. Rondo has a PER of 11.7 since joining the Mavs, the lowest mark of his career, and his assist rate of 33.2 percent is the lowest since 2007-08. He's bound to get a hefty offer in free agency but fantasy owners should view him warily next season, as brutal FG and FT percentages continue to erode his overall value.
    Today, 2:24 pm
  • Kris Humphries will play on Wednesday
    Kris Humphries (groin) will play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Feb. 25 and will likely have a restriction on his minutes. Humphries was playing around 18-20 minutes before his injury and could be back up around that time this weekend. Drew Gooden may lose some playing time.
    Today, 2:18 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey is questionable for Wed
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) is questionable to play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He just got over a calf issue and he's now back on the injury report with an issue involving his shooting wrist. That may have explained why he made just 1-of-8 from the field on Tuesday. If he's out, C.J. Watson would likely be the sixth man while Damjan Rudez would also get more minutes.
    Today, 12:12 pm
  • Scott won't share who's getting benched?
    Coach Bryon Scott wouldn't say who will get minutes for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: We know Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin, Wes Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black are starting, but it's tough to say after that. Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer already had their turn to sit and now it's been Ed David missing time. Perhaps we see Robert Sacre and/or Tarik Black get some rest. We'll have some updates later today.
    Today, 12:02 pm
    7:30 pm vs NO
  • Iman Shumpert practices on Wednesday
    Iman Shumpert (ankle) practiced on Wednesday and will play against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: Shumpert has played around 25 minutes per game, but he's only made 36.0 percent from the field this month and hasn't done much outside of his 1.7 steals. He's not a fantasy option right now.
    Today, 11:43 am
  • Kevin Love (back) is a game-time decision
    Kevin Love (back) will be a game-time decision to face the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: He went through non-contact portions of practice on Wednesday. Love has previously said his back issue is not a problem and the Cavs did rest him for two games last month, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him rest again. If he's out, Tristan Thompson would directly benefit while J.R. Smith may get more shots, too.
    Today, 11:36 am
  • Luol Deng to be a game-time call on Thursday
    Luol Deng did not practice on Wednesday and he will be a game-time decision to face the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He would likely have to cover LeBron James, so Deng might have to be close to 100 percent to be active. Deng didn't play on Tuesday, which allowed James Ennis to get 27 minutes and seven points in the starting lineup. Henry Walker would also benefit. The Heat have three games from Thursday to Sunday, so their players have some nice value right now in daily season-long leagues.
    Today, 11:29 am
  • NBA rescinds a technical for Westbrook
    The NBA has rescinded a technical foul for Russell Westbrook and he now has 14 on the season.

    Advice: This is big news because he would be suspended for one game with 16 technical fouls on the season. Westbrook now has a one tech cushion in his final eight games this season. Rajon Rondo will try to stop Westbrook tonight, which means we'll likely see a huge line from Westy.
    Today, 11:22 am
  • J.J. Hickson unlikely to play on Wednesday
    J.J. Hickson (knee) is only expected to play if it's absolutely necessary on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He is technically questionable to play, but he'll be in uniform tonight. Without Hickson and Darrell Arthur (calf), Jusuf Nurkic and Kenneth Faried should have a higher floor for their minutes tonight. We'll likely see more of Joffrey Lauvergne as well. Hickson can be dropped just about everywhere.
    Today, 11:18 am
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Lakers sign G Jabari Brown to multi-year deal
    The Lakers have signed G Jabari Brown to a multi-year deal on Wednesday and have officially waived Steve Nash.

    Advice: Brown has been getting some decent run down the stretch and made the most out of his two 10-day contracts. He is averaging 11.2 points, 2.0 assists, 1.8 boards, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, but the likely return of Jeremy Lin (illness) on Wednesday will hurt his value. Brown is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Today, 11:00 am
  • Ryan Anderson (knee) will return vs. Lakers
    Ryan Anderson (knee) will return to action on Wednesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Anderson was able to go through a full-court scrimmage on Tuesday so his knee must have responded well. Head coach Monty Williams said that Anderson won't have an official minutes restriction, but he did day that he would ease him back into action. Anderson is by no means a must-own player with the season winding down, but he is worth a flier if you need help in 3-pointers.
    Today, 10:51 am
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Kevin Garnett present at shootaround on Wed
    Kevin Garnett (knee, illness) was at shootaround on Wednesday, but he isn't expected to play vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Wolves don't really have any incentive to play KG if he isn't 100 percent, so it's safe to say that we probably won't see him take the floor tonight. Expect Adreian Payne and Anthony Bennett to fill the void at power forward, though neither player is worth owning in standard leagues.
    Today, 10:43 am
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) doesn't practice Wed
    Tony Allen (hamstring) wasn't able to practice on Wednesday, and there is still no known timetable for his return.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are no joke and the Grizzlies will want to make sure that he doesn't suffer any setbacks. Allen should be considered doubtful to play on Friday, but we will update his status once we know more. If Allen continues to sit, Vince Carter will likely continue to start and is worth a look in deeper leagues for his 3-point shooting, while Courtney Lee and Jeff Green will also benefit.
    Today, 10:23 am
  • J.J. Hickson (knee soreness) questionable Wed
    J.J. Hickson is battling knee soreness and he is questionable to play vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Nuggets haven't played since Saturday, so it's a little concerning that he is having trouble with his knee. Hickson actually started last game due to the absence of Danilo Gallinari (rest), but the Nuggets have nothing but ping pong balls to play for so they will likely err on the side of caution. If Hickson sits, Jusuf Nurkic may rejoin the starting lineup and could see major minutes if he can avoid foul trouble. Expect another update closer to tip-off.
    Today, 10:15 am
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is his fourth straight game out of the lineup and it's unclear when he will be able to return. Given his limited role off the bench, his absence won't have many fantasy implications and he can be left on the wire in most leagues.
    Today, 10:13 am
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Kevin Martin to return Wednesday or Friday
    Kevin Martin (hamstring) might be able to play on Wednesday vs. the Raptors, but he should definitely be ready to play on Friday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Martin is going to see how his hamstring feels after his afternoon nap, but he certainly didn't sound confident that he would play. The Wolves' injury report is just ridiculous right now, and Martin's owners should have a backup plan ready. if he does indeed sit on Wednesday, Lorenzo Brown and Chase Budinger will continue to see major minutes.
    Today, 10:11 am
  • Doug McDermott (back) out on Wednesday
    Doug McDermott (back) will not play vs. the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: This will be his fourth consecutive game on the shelf and there is still no known timetable for a return. McDermott wasn't a consistent part of the rotation before the injury, so he belongs on the wire in almost all leagues anyways.
    Today, 9:11 am
  • Derrick Rose (knee) will not play vs. Bucks
    Derrick Rose will not play vs. the Bucks, but his knee has responded well after two straight days of contact.

    Advice: Rose participated in some five-on-five scrimmages on Tuesday, and head coach Tom Thibodeau was optimistic about what he saw. Rose remains without a timetable to return, but it is still widely believed that he plays before the end of the regular season which means owners of Aaron Brooks will want to be on alert. If you like taking risks, Rose is worth a look in case he returns for the final stretch, but his owners should keep their expectations in check.
    Today, 8:59 am
  • Hassan Whiteside won't be 100% for 2 weeks
    Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be 100 percent until he gets his 10 stitches removed in two weeks, but he will continue to play through the ailment.

    Advice: The bandage that he is wearing pretty much only lets him use three fingers on his right hand, but Whiteside is just glad that he will be completely healthy for the postseason. "It’s an awkward injury," Whiteside said. "It’s a terrible place to have stitches. There’s really nothing I can do about it." Whiteside was still able to contribute 10 points, six boards, two steals and two blocks against the Spurs on Tuesday, and he is fully expected to play vs. the Cavaliers on Thursday. Keep him locked into all lineups, but as with all Heat players, keep a close eye on the injury report.
    Today, 8:37 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) said that he is ready to play on Wednesday vs. the Thunder, and the Mavericks have him listed as probable.

    Advice: Barea has missed the past four games for the Mavericks, so it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't get a lot of run tonight. With averages of 7.5 points and 3.3 assists this season, Barea belongs on the wire in most leagues.
    Today, 7:54 am
  • Brandon Knight hoping to prove people wrong
    Brandon Knight has often been overlooked and underrated throughout his career, but he is hoping that his play this season has proved many people wrong.

    Advice: "A lot of people tried to put limitations on my game and say I wouldn’t be this, I wouldn’t be that," Knight said. "I think I’ve proven a lot of people wrong. I don’t think a lot of people thought I would be here based on my first two years." Knight has had a brilliant season thus far, but a nagging ankle injury has prevented him from keeping that momentum going since being traded to the Suns. Regardless, the Bucks traded Knight because they knew he would have a hefty price tag in the summer, and it's going to be interesting to see how committed Phoenix is this offseason. Knight's status is still up in the air for Thursday's game vs. the Warriors, but we should have another update on him soon.
    Today, 6:44 am
  • Courtney Lee struggling in March for Memphis
    Memphis coach Dave Joerger said that Courtney Lee suffers the most when the Grizzlies' ball-movement stagnates.

    Advice: "He needs a closeout and then he can either shoot it or put it on the ground for one or two dribbles and a pull-up," Joerger said. "We’re going to try and get him on the move a little bit and get him curling into the paint." C-Lee suggested that scouting reports have fed into his slump since the All-Star break, and he's averaging just 7.7 points on 34.4 percent shooting in March. It's nice that the Grizzlies are working to get him going, but in the meantime C-Lee belongs on the waiver wire in average leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • Harrison Barnes shoots 0-of-7 in road victory
    Harrison Barnes finished Tuesday's feisty 110-106 win in L.A. with only one point, seven rebounds and two assists, shooting 0-of-7 from the field in 25 minutes.

    Advice: This marks the third time all season that Barnes has gone without a field goal, and it's even more disappointing since Draymond Green (shin, rest) was unavailable tonight. Barnes has three games remaining this week and could see his role increase if Golden State rests key players, particularly during their back-to-back set this weekend. He's a viable late-round option despite tonight's dud.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside plays well off Miami's bench
    Hassan Whiteside's lacerated right hand didn't slow him down vs. the Spurs, as he racked up 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks without any turnovers in 23 minutes off Miami's bench.

    Advice: Whiteside played with an awkward bandage that limited the use of his right hand, but he made some emphatic right-handed blocks and produced more than fantasy owners could have reasonably anticipated. He almost had to play tonight with Udonis Haslem (illness) out of commission, but his solid play suggests he'll be fine for Thursday's road game regardless of Haslem's status. Keep Whiteside locked into all active lineups.
    Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) shoots 1-of-8 vs. Nets
    Rodney Stuckey (sore right wrist) notched four points (1-of-8 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with two rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes on Tuesday, and he started the second half in place of C.J. Miles (sprained ankle).

    Advice: Stuckey recently came back from a calf injury and he's perpetually banged up, but the Pacers are scrapping for a playoff spot so it's not surprising that he'd play at less than 100 percent. His potential for offensive eruptions makes him a tantalizing fantasy option, especially if he starts on Wednesday, though he's been reduced to late-round value over the past 12 games with averages of 14.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 0.8 steals.
    Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) expected to play Tues
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) is expected to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Whiteside will come off the bench behind starting center Chris Andersen. His pain tolerance is a main concern for the Heat, as well as the fear that he'll re-tear his stitches before the wound fully heals. His offense is likely to suffer due to the bulky protective bandage on his hand, but his talent is great enough that he belongs in all active lineups.
    Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) a game-time decision
    Updating a previous report, Hassan Whiteside (hand) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Spurs.

    Advice: Head coach Erik Spoelstra said that if Whiteside can play, it might only be for seven minutes, so he's clearly going to be limited tonight. He's not really capable of using his right hand at all, but Miami is so banged up that they could actually use a one-armed Whiteside even in just a seven-minute stretch. He's a very risky option tonight.
    Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Luol Deng (knee) out Tuesday vs. the Spurs
    Luol Deng (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: With Deng out, Henry Walker will have the opportunity for another start, with Michael Beasley and James Ennis seeing extended minutes off the bench. Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic will run the show on offense, and both guys are worth a look in daily leagues. Walker can be viewed as a streamer option for those seeking some 3-point shooting and steals.
    Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Pain tolerance main obstacle for Whiteside
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) said that pain tolerance will dictate whether he can play.

    Advice: "It felt weird, but I’m gonna do the best I can," Whiteside said. "You’re gonna see a lot more lefty. As long as I don’t spread my fingers and they keep them taped together, I can’t reopen the stitches. It’s surrounded by a pad, so it can be slapped and everything. It’s just about what I can tolerate on the court with the pain. They cleared me. It’s just the performance and how well I can play." Whiteside remains questionable for tonight's game, but it sounds like even if he does play, he's going to be very limited on the offensive end. Udonis Haslem's won't be worth using in most leagues if Whiteside suits up.
    Yesterday, 3:17 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will play Tuesday
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Stuckey will draw a very favorable matchup against the Nets tonight, so make sure you have him on your active roster. C.J. Waton's value takes a hit with Stuckey active.
    Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Kevin Martin (hamstring) questionable for Wed
    Kevin Martin (hamstring) is questionable for play Wednesday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Martin said last week that he was hoping to return sometime this week, so there's a small chance he'll be in uniform on Wednesday. That being said, there's just too much uncertainty right now to recommend adding him in most leagues, but there should be another update on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. If he's unable to go, Lorenzo Brown and Chase Budinger will continue to log major minutes for the Wolves.
    Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) practices in full Tuesday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) went through a full practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: We'll be considering Barea questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder, and if he is able to return to the lineup, Raymond Felton will likely fall out of the rotation. Devin Harris and Rajon Rondo would also likely lose some minutes upon Barea's return.
    Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) goes through practice
    Kris Humphries (groin) went through a full practice on Tuesday, and said he thinks he'll be available to play Wednesday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Humphries has spent the past month on the sidelines, so he's likely going to be eased back into the rotation. With season averages of just 8.1 points and 6.7 rebounds, it's safe to leave Humphries on the wire in nearly all leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Ryan Anderson questionable for Weds vs Lakers
    Ryan Anderson (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: Anderson went through his first full-court scrimmage on Tuesday and now has a chance to play against the Lakers. We'll update his status after Wednesday's shootaround, but fantasy owners with an extra roster spot will want to see if Anderson is available on waivers.
    Yesterday, 10:42 am
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Dion Waiters misses practice on Tuesday
    Dion Waiters (foot) sat out Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Waiters' foot is feeling better, but we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks. With Andre Roberson (ankle) likely out Wednesday, Anthony Morrow could be in line for all the minutes he can handle if Waiters is unable to play.
    Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • Derrick Rose goes through scrimmage
    Derrick Rose (knee) participated in some five-on-five scrimmages on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose looked good and added that he's "in a good place" with rehab. While Rose could see game action before the end of the season, he's still likely to see some DNPs in that case and is tough to recommend as an add in standard fantasy leagues. Aaron Brooks owners will want to keep a close eye on this situation as he's due to lose value if and when Rose is on the court.
    Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • Ryan Anderson says he's ready to return
    Ryan Anderson (knee) said he's ready to return to the Pelicans' lineup at some point over the next three games.

    Advice: Anderson is expected to go through his first full-court scrimmage workout Tuesday after missing the team's previous 17 games. "'I'm definitely going to be back on this road trip,'' Anderson said. ''That's my full intention." While Anderson isn't a must-add player in standard fantasy leagues, he's worth a flier for owners with an extra roster spot as long as he's able to stick to his outlined timetable.
    Yesterday, 7:31 am
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Lakers meeting to decide Jabari Brown's fate
    With Jabari Brown's second 10-day contract set to expire, Lakers head coach Byron Scott is meeting with general manager Mitch Kupchak to decide next steps.

    Advice: The 22-year-old is averaging 11.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers over his last five games, so he's giving the Lakers a lot to think about. If the Lakers decide to sign Brown for the rest of the season, he's worth a flier in standard fantasy leagues as he's averaging 28.0 minutes per game over that five-game span.
    Yesterday, 7:10 am
  • Brown scores 22 points off the bench
    Jabari Brown scored 22 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 7-of-10 shots (3-of-4 3PTs, 5-of-5 FTs) with zero rebounds, three assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: This is a leveraged line with some deficiencies but all-in-all it's a continuation of the late-round value he has been posting for the last two weeks. Given the Lakers' favorable schedule and the fact he fits the team's tanking needs, he looks like a decent pickup.
    Monday, 8:53 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) out again on Monday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will not play against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He sprained his ankle again on Sunday and the Suns will continue to hold him out. Expect Marcus Morris and Archie Goodwin to get most of his minutes. Morris is worth owning in all leagues while Knight isn't a great player to own right now.
    Monday, 5:37 pm
  • Kevin Martin out on Monday night
    Kevin Martin (hamstrings) will not play on Monday night against the Jazz.

    Advice: He said last week he was hopeful to play this week and maybe he'll give it a go Wednesday at home against the Raptors. Still, Martin isn't worth owning in most leagues with all the uncertainty around him. Lorenzo Brown and Chase Budinger benefit most.
    Monday, 4:19 pm
  • Kevin Garnett out for Monday night
    Kevin Garnett (knee, illness) will not play on Monday and is not with the team.

    Advice: He has no timetable to return and Garnett may be on the sidelines the rest of the way. He can be dropped in all leagues.
    Monday, 3:55 pm
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) without a timetable
    Tony Allen (hamstring) does not have a timetable to return.

    Advice: He's not going to play on Monday and he could miss the entire week due to the aggravation to his hamstring. It'll be Vince Carter getting most of his minutes while Jeff Green also benefits. Allen can be dropped in all re-draft leagues.
    Monday, 3:40 pm
  • Update: Carlos Boozer will not play vs. 76ers
    Updating a previous item, Carlos Boozer (illness) will not play against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: With Boozer now out, the Lakers could rest one more big man in their rotation. It was Boozer and Ed Davis yesterday, so maybe they go that route again. Robert Sacre is warming up and we'll pass along more info as we receive it.
    Monday, 3:05 pm
    7:30 pm vs NO
  • Carlos Boozer will be available on Monday
    Carlos Boozer will be available for Monday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said he hasn't decided on the frontcourt rotation just yet. Jordan Hill returned on Sunday with a big 22-point game and Ed Davis sat, so maybe they go that route again. We'll have an update if any news comes regarding a Lakers' big. Boozer is still too risky to start. If we had to guess, Hill, Sacre or Ed Davis are going to sit out tonight.
    Monday, 2:39 pm
    7:30 pm vs NO
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) questionable for Tues
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was cleared to play on Monday despite his hand wound not being entirely healed. It sounds like Miami plays to have him play, but some discomfort at shootaround or in warmups could keep him out of the game. Fantasy owners can start him at their own risk with four games. If your other options aren't promising, Whiteside's upside this week is hard to keep on a fantasy bench.
    Monday, 2:06 pm
  • Luol Deng (knee) questionable for Tuesday
    Luol Deng (knee) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Tuesday night.

    Advice: He had some swelling in his knee on Sunday and did not play in the second half. Deng has dealt with a handful of knee and leg issues this season, so there's a decent chance he's out. Miami does have four games this week, so Deng could get multiple games in even if he misses Tuesday. If he's out, Bill Walker and James Ennis will get more run. Deng's fantasy owners might want to play it safe and go with someone else in weekly leagues.
    Monday, 1:58 pm
  • Surprise: Whiteside cleared to play Tuesday
    Updating a previous item, Hassan Whiteside (hand) has been cleared to play and is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Considering we just posted 25 minutes ago that Whiteside wouldn't be rushed to return, it's quite the development for fantasy owners and for Miami's playoff chances. Owners, especially in weekly formats, have to be certain Whiteside is in the lineup even though he'll be playing at less than 100 percent. The upside is just too great. "It felt weird, but I'm gonna do the best I can," Whiteside said of playing with his hand taped and padded up.
    Monday, 11:14 am
  • Kevin Garnett doubtful to return on Monday
    Kevin Garnett (knee, illness) is doubtful to make his return on Monday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Garnett has been sick for almost a week and hasn't been able to eat, so he hasn't even been able to get on the floor to test his injured knee. Without him, Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (concussion-like symptoms) in the lineup, Justin Hamilton and Adreian Payne will be spending a ton of time on the floor.
    Monday, 11:08 am
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) questionable Tuesday
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Stuckey logged 30 minutes in Sunday's win over the Mavs while coming off a calf injury, but apparently he managed to add another injury in the process. If he's forced to sit out, C.J. Miles and C.J. Watson would both be the most direct beneficiaries.
    Monday, 10:57 am
  • Hassan Whiteside won't be rushed to return
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) will not be rushed back to action.

    Advice: Whiteside continues to test out his injured hand to see how much he's capable of doing, but Erik Spoelstra said the team has no timetable and "it needs to heal a little more before we take the next step." The actual injury is a split in his right hand between the forefinger and ring finger, and fantasy owners are left in a bad spot as Whiteside continues to heal. With Chris Andersen (calf) also banged up, Udonis Haslem is locked into a major role right now.
    Monday, 10:51 am
  • Derrick Rose takes full contact in practice
    Derrick Rose (knee surgery) took full contact in practice on Monday.

    Advice: It's a great sign for Rose and his eventual return this season. He took part in a full contact 4-on-4 scrimmage, and Tom Thibodeau said Rose looked winded afterward, but otherwise reported no ill effects. Rose previously said it would take him a week or two to get back into game action after being cleared for contact, so owners looking to stash him will want to think long and hard about all the DNPs he still has left to rack up. The Bulls play just three times in each of the next two weeks. Aaron Brooks owners: Take notice.
    Monday, 10:39 am
  • Ryan Anderson expected to return on road trip
    Ryan Anderson (knee) is expected to return on the Pelicans upcoming road trip.

    Advice: The Pelicans play in three straight road games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, but it's not clear which game the big man is tentatively targeting to make his return. Regardless, his return will only help the Pelicans in their playoff push, but he's not a must-add player at this point. His return should mean less small ball for New Orleans as well as a role reduction for Dante Cunningham.
    Monday, 10:32 am
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Kevin Martin questionable vs. Jazz on Monday
    Kevin Martin (hamstring) is questionable to face the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: We'd bet on him skipping this one. Martin has shown an unwillingness to inconvenience himself this season with the Timberwolves playing for ping pong balls, and he will take his sweet time in deciding when to return. We'd expect Lorenzo Brown to draw another start in his place. As a starter, Brown is averaging 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.6 steals on 38.9 percent shooting.
    Monday, 7:41 am
  • Luol Deng dealing with swelling in his knee
    Luol Deng's knee swelled up at halftime of Sunday's win.

    Advice: Deng did not play in the second half, and when asked about how he felt, Deng said they'd just take it day-by-day in an attempt to get all of the swelling out of the area. Right now, he sounds very iffy for Tuesday, leaving James Ennis as a possibility to start in his place. Ennis started the second half for Deng on Sunday and finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two threes on 5-of-7 shooting in 24.5 minutes.
    Monday, 6:40 am
  • Dion Waiters to have sore foot examined
    Dion Waiters (foot) will have an examination when the Thunder return to Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Waiters has been complaining of foot pain over the last few games, and this is par for the course considering how OKC's season is going with injuries. Waiters did manage to jack up 20 shots in Sunday's win over Phoenix and played nearly 38 minutes while doing so.
    Monday, 6:09 am
  • Update: Brandon Knight iffy to play Monday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) did not have a noticeable limp after Sunday's game, but his status may be in jeopardy for Monday's road game in Portland.

    Advice: Suns coach Jeff Hornacek reportedly said, "I would guess he wouldn't play." The report suggests that Knight will miss Thursday's game in Golden State, but it makes more sense that Hornacek was referencing Monday's game, the second half of a back-to-back set. Either way, Knight's owners should be on red-alert for a potential DNP.
    Sunday, 9:27 pm
  • Dion Waiters (ankle) starts, gets 18 points
    Dion Waiters (ankle) started Sunday's road win vs. the Suns and finished with 18 points 8-of-20 shooting with one 3-pointer, three rebound, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: He struggled on Saturday with just three points on 1-of-4 shooting, possibly due to his sore ankle, but the injury didn't appear to limit him tonight. The bad news is that this line typifies the reasons why Waiters is a poor fantasy option -- he shoots inefficiently and contributes paltry rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, so one off-shooting night can tank his week.
    Sunday, 8:55 pm
  • Russell Westbrook nets 33 pts in comeback win
    The Thunder won a critical game in Phoenix on Sunday behind Russell Westbrook's 33 points (10-of-29 FGs, 12-of-14 FTs), nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Westbrook now has 24 games with 30+ points this season and he's racking up gaudy fantasy lines on a nightly basis, though tonight's production was tainted by a lousy FG percentage. Kevin Durant (foot) is done for the season and Serge Ibaka (knee) won't return until mid-April at the earliest, leaving Westbrook to single-handedly carry the Thunder in the playoffs. So far, so good, as he's staked the Thunder to a 2.5-game lead over the No. 9 seed Pelicans.
    Sunday, 8:52 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) goes 1-of-10 in return
    Brandon Knight returned to action on Sunday, coming off the Suns bench for three points, two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 22 minutes, while shooting just 1-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He missed all six of his 3-point attempts and the poor shooting is a product of rust -- he hadn't played in a game since Mar. 9. He took a hard fall tonight but shook it off and shouldn't be in any danger of missing Monday's road game in Portland, but owners should still confirm his status in a back-to-back set.
    Sunday, 8:51 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (ankle) held out as precaution
    Iman Shumpert "jammed" his left ankle during Sunday's game and coach David Blatt didn't seem overly concerned about the injury.

    Advice: "I think he wanted to come back in there but we held him out for precautionary reasons," Blatt said. "I believe he'll be OK." Shumpert didn't return after the injury and we'll leave him on the injury report as a precaution, though it certainly helps that Cleveland doesn't play again until Thursday. If Shumpert does miss time, expect guys like James Jones, Shawn Marion and possibly Mike Miller to fill the void.
    Sunday, 6:55 pm
  • Kevin Love (back) expects to play Thursday
    Kevin Love said that his lower back feels "good" and he does not expect to miss any games due to the injury he suffered on Sunday.

    Advice: Love was elbowed in the lower back but it sounds like his decision to sit out the rest of Sunday's game was precautionary. "I just have to take these next couple days," Love said. We'll leave him on the injury report for now, but will take him off once he returns to practice this week. This is great news for fantasy owners, as the Cavs' two-game slate is already bad enough without an injury-related DNP.
    Sunday, 6:54 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores 17 points with 10 dimes
    Rajon Rondo stepped up in the absence of Monta Ellis (calf) in Sunday's loss to the Pacers, scoring 17 points with 10 assists, seven boards, two steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo shot 8-of-14 from the field and hit his only free throw attempt on the night, and early indications suggests that he and Chandler Parsons will be the biggest beneficiaries if Ellis remains on the shelf (there is no timetable for his return). This was also the most minutes Rondo has played since joining the Mavericks, and he should be able to carry this momentum moving forward with the extra responsibility on offense.
    Sunday, 6:46 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) plays 30 minutes Sunday
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) logged 30 minutes during Sunday's much-needed win vs. Dallas, scoring 10 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: He wasn't on a minute-limit and is safe to deploy whenever he's healthy, as the Pacers have given him a green-light to shoot with their second unit (he finished 4-of-14 from the field tonight). The second unit has proven to be a strength for Indiana this season -- their bench is averaging 41.0 points per game, second in the NBA behind only the Lakers. Stuckey's return stole some playing time from C.J. Miles (28 minutes), C.J. Watson (24 minutes) and especially Solomon Hill (14 minutes).
    Sunday, 6:34 pm
  • Courtney Lee can't heat up offensively
    Courtney Lee had another cool night offensively on Sunday, hitting 4-of-11 FGs to finish with 10 points, one rebound, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Lee's playing time was inflated by Tony Allen's absence with a sore hamstring, but Lee still didn't do enough to justify plucking him off the waiver wire. He came in shooting 32.7 percent from the field in March, and 23.7 percent from downtown, rendering him unusable in all but the deepest fantasy leagues.
    Sunday, 6:26 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) will play vs. OKC
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will play vs. the Thunder on Sunday, but he will come off the bench.

    Advice: After an eight-game absence, Knight is finally back. His minutes will probably be held in check and he will might be a little rusty, but his owners will be pumped to have him back in their lineups. Marcus Morris will remain in the starting lineup for now, but his value could take a hit down the stretch. We will let you know how Knight holds up after the game.
    Sunday, 5:16 pm
  • Luol Deng (knee contusion) out for game Sun
    Luol Deng suffered a left knee contusion vs. the Pistons on Sunday and will not return.

    Advice: The Heat have had terrible luck with injuries this season, and knowing how cautious they tend to be with their players, it's possible that Deng's status could be in jeopardy for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. For what it's worth , head coach Erik Spoelstra was optimistic that Deng would be able to play on Tuesday, but we should be able to provide more details when he is evaluated on Monday. If Deng is forced to miss any time, James Ennis, Michael Beasley (elbow) and Henry Walker would all have to step up on the wing. Deng finished with four points, two boards, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes.
    Sunday, 4:31 pm
  • Kevin Love (back) will not return on Sunday
    Kevin Love left Sunday's game vs. the 76ers with a back injury and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Love has had problems with his back all season, but the Cavaliers didn't seem to be concerned after the game and the injury isn't thought to be serious. The Cavaliers are off until Thursday which should give him plenty of time to recover, but we will consider him questionable for that game vs. the Heat. If Love needs to miss any time, expect Tristan Thompson to be the primary beneficiary. Love finished with 10 points, 10 boards, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
    Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • Jabari Brown chips in four steals, one block
    Jabari Brown shot just 4-of-14 from the field to score 11 points in 31 minutes on Sunday, but he also contributed one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block.

    Advice: The 22-year-old shooting guard has impressed the Lakers since he inked his first 10-day contract, and it's possible that he'll be signed for the rest of the season. Today's defensive stats look like an aberration, however, and he's still only on the radar in deep leagues.
    Sunday, 2:53 pm
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) won't play vs. Spurs
    Tony Allen (hamstring) will not play vs. the Spurs on Sunday.

    Advice: Vince Carter will step into the starting lineup, but Jeff Green will probably see the biggest boost in value off the bench. Allen has no timetable to return, but considering how tricky hamstring strains can be, The Grizzlies will likely be cautious moving forward. Allen should be considered closer to doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Kings.
    Sunday, 2:45 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (ankle) will not return Sunday
    Iman Shumpert was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. the 76ers and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Shumpert was able to walk off the floor under his own power, but the Cavaliers have no reason to risk his health and they may have just decided to keep him out as a precaution. We will update his status once we know more, but we will go ahead and consider him questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Heat. If he is unable to play, J.R. Smith would have to log big minutes while Matthew Dellavedova may see a few extra minutes off the bench as well. Shumpert finished today's game with nine points, three steals and one board in 11 minutes.
    Sunday, 2:40 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) ruled out vs. Detroit
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) will not play vs. the Pistons on Sunday.

    Advice: He was questionable to play but Miami ruled him out two hours before tip-off, so presumably his hand remains swollen and painful. The risk of re-tearing the stitches is an even greater concern, and owners will simply have to hope that Whiteside can suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. Chris Andersen (calf) is also sidelined on Sunday, so expect heavy minutes for Udonis Haslem and Michael Beasley.
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
  • Kevin Martin (hamstring) out again on Sunday
    Kevin Martin (hamstring) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Sunday.

    Advice: Martin is targeting a return next week but he remains iffy to play in Monday's game vs. the Jazz, and cautious owners may want to hedge their bets in weekly leagues. The Wolves got a few healthy bodies back into the lineup with Anthony Bennett and Robbie Hummel returning on Sunday, but they'll still lean heavily on sixth-man Chase Budinger.
    Sunday, 12:52 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (illness) out Sunday vs. NO
    Kevin Garnett (illness, knee) will not play Sunday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Garnett has reportedly been sick for the past four days, and unable to eat, so he'll remain on the sidelines for Sunday's game. With Garnett unavailable, Gorgui Dieng will continue to get all the run he can handle, while Andreian Payne will see his minutes in the 20s. Anthony Bennett will return to action today, so he'll also have the opportunity to get into the rotation, although his minutes will likely be very limited after spending the past month on the sidelines.
    Sunday, 12:09 pm
  • Carlos Boozer will be inactive Sunday vs. BKN
    Carlos Boozer (rest) will sit out Sunday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Despite being healthy, Boozer has spent the past three games on the sidelines as the Lakers try to improve their odds in the draft lottery. There's a chance he returns to the lineup on Monday vs. the 76ers, but at this point in the fantasy season, Boozer belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
    Sunday, 11:15 am
    7:30 pm vs NO
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) questionable Sunday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Knight went through a pretty strenuous practice on Saturday and said that he feels like his explosion is back. The Suns desperately need to beat the Thunder to stay alive in the playoff hunt, so there is a good chance that Knight gives it a go. He will likely be a game-time decision again tonight, so his owners will want to check back for an update before activating him in lineups. If Knight is unable to play, Marcus Morris will be the primary beneficiary while Archie Goodwin will see more minutes as well.
    Sunday, 10:02 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play on Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not be able to play vs. the Pacers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Mavericks desperately could have used Barea tonight with Monta Ellis (calf) out of commission, but instead they will have to lean on Rajon Rondo, Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson and Raymond Felton. This will be Barea's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, and considering he is still experiencing soreness in his ankle, the Mavericks won't be in a hurry to rush him back.
    Sunday, 8:54 am
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) will play on Sunday
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) will play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Stuckey is returning from a three-game absence due to a calf strain, so it will be interesting to see how he holds up during the game. He isn't a must-own player by any means, but he is worth a look if you need help in scoring. C.J. Watson and C.J. Miles will lose some touches on offense Sunday, and their owners should expect their value to take a hit.
    Sunday, 8:13 am
  • Kris Humphries (groin) will not play Sunday
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Feb. 26 and he remains without a timetable to return. Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden will continue to see a few extra minutes off the bench, but both players are not options in standard leagues. Humphries can be dropped everywhere until he is cleared to play.
    Sunday, 8:06 am
  • Hassan Whiteside upgraded to questionable
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: He has missed the last two games with a nasty laceration in his hand that required 10 stitches, but the Heat desperately need his size vs. Andre Drummond and the Pistons. Whiteside will likely be a game-time call, so his owners will have to be on alert for an update. Whiteside belongs in all lineups if he is cleared to play, while Udonis Haslem, Henry Walker and Michael Beasley will all benefit if he is unable to give it a go. For what it's worth, there is still no word on whether or not Chris Andersen will be able to play Sunday, so the Heat may have to get creative with their rotations.
    Sunday, 6:57 am
  • Dion Waiters scores just three points in loss
    Dion Waiters scored just three points on 1-of-4 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding two boards, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Waiters had scored in double digits in each of his last four games, so this was a frustrating line for any owners relying on him tonight. Waiters is still locked into a starting role moving forward with Andre Roberson on the shelf, and he will have a chance to bounce back vs. the Suns on Sunday. That being said, he is far from a must-own player in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 9:53 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 37 points Saturday
    Russell Westbrook scored 37 points with eight boards, six assists, three 3-pointers and nine turnovers in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Westbrook's owners probably didn't even blink twice at this line which speaks volumes about his play recently. Kevin Durant isn't coming back this season, meaning Westbrook will arguably be the top play in fantasy leagues moving forward with the Thunder trying to clinch a playoff berth. Enjoy the show.
    Saturday, 9:49 pm
  • J.J. Hickson plays 26 minutes in start
    J.J. Hickson played 26 minutes in a start against the Blazers during a 120-114 loss on Saturday, scoring nine points with eight boards, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: Danilo Gallinari (rest) didn't play tonight, but Hickson only picked up four minutes from his Friday game. He's not a great player to add in most leagues for poor foul shooting and not much contribution to the defensive stats. The Nuggets are off until Wednesday and only play three games between now and Wednesday Apr. 8. That's not good.
    Saturday, 9:36 pm
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • J.J. Hickson will draw the start on Saturday
    J.J. Hickson will draw the start vs. the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: Danilo Gallinari is taking the night off in order to get some extra rest, but it's definitely surprising to see the Nuggets go with Hickson over Jusuf Nurkic. Hickson might flirt with a double-double vs. his former team, but he still belongs on the wire outside of deeper leagues.
    Saturday, 6:54 pm
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) questionable for Sun
    Tony Allen (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Sunday.

    Advice: He did not return from his hamstring strain on Friday and he's dealt with hamstring strains before this season, so Allen has a decent chance to miss this game. If he's out, expect Jeff Green to step up in the starting lineup while Courtney Lee will also benefit.
    Saturday, 4:37 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful to play
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is doubtful to play against the Pelicans on Sunday.

    Advice: Why don't they just rule him out? He has yet to play in a road game with the Wolves this season and it would be a shock to see him suit up. The Wolves traded away Thaddeus Young to get Garnett. He can be dropped everywhere.
    Saturday, 3:18 pm
  • Kevin Martin, Bennett & Hummel are questionable
    Kevin Martin (hamstring), Anthony Bennett (leg) and Robbie Hummel (hand) are questionable to play against the Pelicans on Sunday.

    Advice: Martin said on Friday that he's hoping for his hamstring to heal by next week, so we still don't like his chances to play. Plus, the Wolves continue to list him as questionable as if they didn't even hear his comments. Lorenzo Brown and Chase Budinger benefit the most with Budinger serving as a solid add in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) questionable Sunday
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Stuckey has been in street clothes for the past three games, and the Pacers may continue to err on the side of caution on Sunday. If Stuckey is unable to play, C.J. Watson and C.J. Miles will be the primary beneficiaries and would be worth a look in daily leagues. We should have another update after shootaround Sunday.
    Saturday, 10:12 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has been sidelined for the past three games, but he has already said that he is hopeful to return on Sunday. Barea's presence off the bench would be crucial if Monta Ellis (calf) sits this one out, but he is still only worth a look in deeper leagues. If Barea can't go, expect Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris to log heavy minutes vs. the Pacers.
    Saturday, 9:19 am
  • Doug McDermott (back) will not play Saturday
    Doug McDermott (back) will not play vs. the Knicks on Saturday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: McDermott reportedly had another setback, so he is probably looking at some additional time on the sidelines. He wasn't a consistent part of the rotation anyways, so his absence won't have many fantasy implications. We will update his status once we know more.
    Saturday, 8:55 am
  • Barnes scores three points with two steals
    Harrison Barnes scored three points on 1-of-2 shooting (including a trey) with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes on Monday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Barnes is riding the coattails of a few big games this past week and altogether he's been productive enough over that span to be worth owning. Obviously he's a shaky asset but Andre Iguodala is already ruled out for Saturday's game and with four games next week he could be worth sticking into lineups if the Dubs rest guys.
    Friday, 11:01 pm
  • Tony Allen (hamstring strain) leaves game
    Tony Allen suffered a left hamstring strain on Friday.

    Advice: He's had hamstring issues already this season and the Grizzlies are being blown out, so Allen is likely out for the game. If he needs to miss time, Courtney Lee and Jeff Green should pick up his minutes. Green would start and gain the most value. Allen finished with four points, four boards and one block in 19 minutes.
    Friday, 6:50 pm
  • Brandon Knight won't play on Friday night
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will not play against the Blazers on Friday night.

    Advice: He and warming up don't get along. Tonight is the second game in a row in which he warmed up and couldn't play. With Knight out, it'll be Marcus Morris and Archie Goodwin getting most of the playing time.
    Friday, 6:44 pm
  • Brandon Knight warming up without brace
    Brandon Knight (ankle) is warming up without a brace for Friday's game against the Blazers.

    Advice: That's usually a good sign that he'll play, but nothing is official. We should have another update shortly. He is likely to come off the bench and take minutes away from Archie Goodwin and Marcus Morris. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 5:46 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (calf) out again on Friday
    Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: It'll be his second consecutive game out with a nagging calf injury. This is his third different flare up with this injury and he's likely going to be out for a few more. Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler should get his minutes.
    Friday, 5:04 pm
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Kevin Martin, Ricky Rubio ruled out Friday
    Kevin Martin (hamstrings) and Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Martin said he expects to be better next week, so he is probably going to miss at least a couple more games. Andrew Wiggins has been logging major minutes and will look to strength his case for Rookie of the Year. Lorenzo Brown will be getting most of Martin's minutes.
    Friday, 3:57 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (illness) out on Friday
    Kevin Garnett (illness, knee) will not play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: He has been ill for five days and is not at the arena. Garnett could be out for the season with some sort of soreness in his knee, so keep him on the wire. Justin Hamilton could play more, but he may still be dealing with a head issue.
    Friday, 3:51 pm
  • Kevin Martin (hamstring) targeting next week?
    Kevin Martin (hamstrings) said his strained hamstrings should be better and good to go by next week.

    Advice: He's technically listed as questionable for tonight, but this update suggests he's not going to play. With Martin out, Andrew Wiggins has been playing a ton of minutes while Lorenzo Brown is also getting minutes in the 30s. Chase Budinger also benefits as the best floor-spacing guy on the team. Martin can be dropped in most formats.
    Friday, 11:16 am
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) a game-time decision
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Knight has missed the past seven games, so if he is able to go, he'll likely have his minutes held in check, as his conditioning is likely not where it needs to be. Owners will need to check back for another update closer to tip-off, but with 13 games being played tonight, Knight is not necessarily a must-start guy in standard leagues. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 11:02 am
  • Rose to be cleared for contact next week?
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Derrick Rose (knee) will likely be cleared for contact by next week.

    Advice: Rose has been doing some non-contact work for a little over a week now, and he's been making steady progress without experiencing any setbacks, which is welcome news for a guy who has spent much of the past three years on the sidelines. It appears he's going to make it back in time for the playoffs, but his fantasy season is essentially kaput, and he belongs on the waiver wire in nearly all re-draft leagues.
    Friday, 10:21 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) said he is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: We'll be considering Barea questionable for that one, and it'll be Devin Harris as the primary beneficiary for however long Barea is out. Harris is averaging 8.9 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers through the month of March, so he can be viewed as a low-end option in deep leagues.
    Friday, 10:00 am
  • Kris Humphries (groin) out Friday vs. CHA
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hornets, as expected.

    Advice: Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden will continue to split Humphries reserve minutes, but neither guy is worth owning in standard leagues. With no clear return date in site for Humphries, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Friday, 9:23 am
  • Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill out Friday
    Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill will not play Friday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: With Boozer and Hill out, Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly will likely remain in the starting unit, with Ed Davis seeing extended minutes off the bench. All three guys can be viewed as low-end streamer options in deep leagues, with Davis and Kelly offering the most upside. Head coach Byron Scott said Hill and Boozer may return to the lineup for either Sunday's game vs. the Nets or Monday's game vs. the 76ers. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 9:06 am
    7:30 pm vs NO
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful Friday vs. HOU
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is doubtful to play Friday vs. Houston.

    Advice: It's a road game, so it's very likely Garnett will be wearing a suit on Friday. Expect Gorgui Dieng to get all the run he can handle, with Adreian Payne seeing his minutes in the 20s. Garnett belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Thursday, 1:48 pm
  • Kevin Martin (hamstring) questionable Friday
    Kevin Martin (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

    Advice: Martin was "available to play" on Wednesday, but he never left the bench. Owners can expect to get another update on Martin following Friday morning's shootaround, and if he's unable to go, Chase Budinger and Lorenzo Brown will again be forced into heavy minutes for the short-handed Timberwolves. Budinger has been playing some great ball lately, and he'll be worth a look in daily leagues in Martin is indeed unavailable. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 1:38 pm
  • Hornacek hopeful Knight (ankle) can play Fri.
    Suns' head coach Jeff Hornacek said he is hopeful that Brandon Knight (ankle) will be able to return to the lineup for Friday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Knight was running sprints, and played some one-on-one during Thursday's practice, and the Suns are currently listing him as the dreaded game-time decision. Owners will need to check back closer to Friday's tip, but if he is able to go, Marcus Morris' run with the starting unit will more than likely come to an end. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) out Friday vs. San Antonio
    J.J. Barea (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: With Barea unavailable, Devin Harris will have the opportunity for some extended minutes. Harris is averaging 8.9 points, 2.1 assists, 1.1 three-pointers and 0.8 steals per game through the month of March, so his value is limited to deep leagues.
    Thursday, 12:41 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) doesn't practice Thurs
    Kris Humphries (groin) was unable to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Humphries was spotted going through a lot of individual work on Thursday, but his absence from practice would suggest he's doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte. If he's unable to go, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to split his reserve minutes. Seraphin can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in extremely deep leagues, while Humphries belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Thursday, 12:03 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) out Thursday vs. MIL
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: This will be Stuckey's second consecutive game on the sidelines (and he missed most of a third), and we'll be considering him questionable for Sunday's game vs. Dallas. C.J. Watson has stepped up in Stuckey's absence, and he's worth a look as a streamer option for owners seeking some 3-point shooting, steals, and assists.
    Thursday, 11:06 am
  • Rodney Stuckey questionable for Thursday
    Rodney Stuckey (sore left calf) listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: While the questionable tag leaves the possibility open for Stuckey to suit up, it would be a surprise to see him play after an MRI revealed a calf strain on Wednesday. If Stuckey can't play, look for C.J. Watson to be the primary fantasy beneficiary against the Bucks on Thursday.
    Thursday, 10:32 am
  • Pain-free Derrick Rose hopes to return soon
    Derrick Rose (knee) said he's pain free and hopes to start taking contact in practice either this week or next week.

    Advice: Rose wouldn't commit on a return date, but said that the process has been smooth and added that he hasn't experience any swelling. "I don't have it," Rose said. "I don't have any. So that's a good sign. The swelling is gone. So it's all about just getting on the court." While Rose may get himself back for the Bulls' last three or four regular season games, owners in standard fantasy leagues will want to avoid the uncertainty here.
    Thursday, 7:10 am
  • Dion Waiters scores 14 in start
    Dion Waiters, who was benched for the start of the second half on Tuesday, started for the Thunder on Wednesday and had 14 points, a steal and two 3-pointers on 5-of-11 shooting.

    Advice: Waiters' line was actually pretty decent due to the final score of 130-91 looking more like an old-school Globetrotters' score over the Washington Generals, instead of a meeting of two of the West's better teams. With Andre Roberson down and out, Waiters should continue to get plenty of starts and run from here on out.
    Wednesday, 11:53 pm
  • Russell Westbrook finally cools off vs. Spurs
    Russell Westbrook didn't make a basket after the first quarter in Wednesday's ugly 130-91 loss to the Spurs, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals on 5-of-16 shooting.

    Advice: Given the score, it's pretty easy to understand Westbrook finally having an off night, and it didn't help that he didn't play in the fourth quarter. The good news is that he's healthy and probably really ticked off, and will take his anger out on the poor Jazz on Saturday. He came into this one with seven triple-doubles in his last 14 games.
    Wednesday, 11:49 pm
  • Jabari Brown plays 32 minutes in OT win
    Jabari Brown played a whopping 32 minutes on Wednesday and hit 3-of-4 shots (all 3-pointers) for nine points, four boards, three assists and a steal in an overtime win against Minnesota.

    Advice: With the Lakers showing little interest in winning games these days, it's possible that Brown continues to play heavy minutes. Deep-leaguers should keep an eye on him and hope that he continues to try to impress those actually watching the Lakers play.
    Wednesday, 10:40 pm
  • Courtney Lee scoreless in start
    Courtney Lee started after missing time with a hand injury, but missed all three of his shots and didn't score.

    Advice: Tony Allen has been hot for the Grizzlies and had seven points, eight rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer, despite hitting just 3-of-11 shots. Forget about Lee unless you see him get hot.
    Wednesday, 10:16 pm
  • Kevin Love looks like vintage Love in win
    Kevin Love hit 10-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's impressive win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Many think Love is deferring too much to LeBron, but he just hasn't played well this season. He looked great tonight and the Cavs opened up a 29-point lead over the Grizzlies in the third quarter. LeBron James had 20 points, eight boards, five assists and three 3-pointers, Kyrie Irving added 24 points and two assists, Timofey Mozgov had 14 points, nine boards and a block, and J.R. Smith added 13 points, six assists and three 3-pointers in the cakewalk. Hopefully Love can keep it going, even when they Cavs aren't blowing someone out. That makes four straight wins for the Cavs, and eight of their last nine.
    Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (calf) out on Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He can't shake this calf injury and could miss more time for the Nuggets. He can be dropped in most leagues. Expect Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson to get his minutes.
    Wednesday, 5:08 pm
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Courtney Lee will start, Jeff Green off bench
    Courtney Lee (hand) will start against the Cavs on Wednesday with Jeff Green going back to the bench.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise with the Grizzlies saying they like Green as a primary scoring option off the bench. Lee has lost a lot of fantasy value since Green arrived and can be left on the wire in standard formats.
    Wednesday, 5:04 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) out on Wednesday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Mar. 7 and the move to acquire him for Thaddeus Young is making less sense by the day because the team has said it's not tanking. Justin Hamilton benefits most while Adreian Payne could play more, too. Garnett could be dropped everywhere, obviously.
    Wednesday, 3:55 pm
  • Carlos Boozer not expected to play on Wed
    Carlos Boozer (tanking) is expected to sit out of Wednesday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Jordan Hill also won't play, but both players will still dress and will be on the bench for emergency purposes. Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black will draw the start again, but they are both only options in deeper leagues. Ed Davis and Robert Sacre will also be in the frontcourt rotation, but Davis is the only one worth a look for his upside in blocks. Just to clarify, Boozer or Hill are not expected to play for at least a few more games, and the Lakers will do everything they can to strengthen their chances of a high pick in this year's draft.
    Wednesday, 3:41 pm
    7:30 pm vs NO
  • Courtney Lee (hand) expects to play Wednesday
    Courtney Lee (hand) is expected to play against the Cavs on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He's been out since Saturday due to a hand sprain, which has been a lingering issue for him in the past couple weeks. With Lee back, Tony Allen and Jeff Green will lose some playing time. Green may also come off the bench, but he's still worth a look in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:29 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) won't play vs. Pacers
    Kris Humphries (groin) will sit out again vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Feb. 26 and it's anyone's guess when he'll return to action, though it's somewhat encouraging that he's traveling with the team. Nene, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to play a few extra minutes in Humphries' absence.
    Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • Doug McDermott out Wednesday w/ sore back
    Doug McDermott will not play on Wednesday due to back soreness.

    Advice: His absence gives Tom Thibodeau one fewer perimeter shooter to bring off the bench, but it shouldn't have any implications in fantasy leagues. McDermott is averaging under 10 minutes per game since the All-Star break and the waiver wire is his permanent residence.
    Wednesday, 2:38 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) doubtful for Wednesday
    Kris Humphries (groin) is doubtful to play vs. the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been on the shelf since Feb. 26 and his recovery has been unusually slow, so we would be surprised if he managed to play tonight. We will know more closer to tip-off, but Humprhies still belongs on the wire in most leagues. Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to see a slight uptick in minutes off the bench if Humprhries can't play.
    Wednesday, 10:35 am
  • Courtney Lee (hand) questionable Wednesday
    Courtney Lee (hand) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Lee has missed two consecutive games, but we haven't heard a lot about his progress in the last few days. If Lee can't play tonight, Tony Allen will draw another start and is worth owning if you need steals while Jeff Green will continue to be a factor in the scoring column for the Grizzlies.
    Wednesday, 9:31 am
  • Ryan Anderson hoping to return in one week
    Ryan Anderson (knee) is hopeful that he will be able to return to action in a week, and he has continued to progress each day.

    Advice: Anderson has been out for over a month, and even though it's fantastic to see him getting closer to a return, the Pelicans will likely ease him back into the rotation. We will continue to monitor his progress closely, but Anderson still belongs on the wire outside of deeper leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:15 am
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Derrick Rose (knee) doesn't have any soreness
    Derrick Rose (knee) said that he isn't experiencing any soreness, and he is still planning on returning before the regular season ends.

    Advice: This is definitely exciting news for the Bulls, and Rose said his rehab is going smooth and he expects to be cleared for full contact sometime this week or the following. However, there is still no known timetable for his return, and fantasy owners outside of keeper leagues will want to avoid this situation because the Bulls will obviously proceed with caution. We will continue to track Rose's progress every step of the way.
    Wednesday, 7:31 am
  • Dion Waiters stays hot w/ 23 points vs Lakers
    Dion Waiters was benched to start the second half of Tuesday's game, but he got hot offensively and finished with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists and only one turnover in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Anthony Morrow took Waiters' spot with the starters and remains the more valuable fantasy option, regardless of where he begins Wednesday's game in San Antonio. Waiters has been hot offensively over his past few games, however, and is worth plugging into lineup until he cools off. OKC is starting to gain some breathing room as the No. 8 seed in the West, pulling two games ahead of the idle Suns with tonight's 127-117 home win.
    Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Carlos Boozer taken out of Lakers' rotation
    Carlos Boozer did not play vs. the Thunder on Tuesday and the Lakers' coaching staff told him that he's unlikely to play for the next "four or five games."

    Advice: Boozer has been a net negative player both offensively and defensively this season, per Basketball Reference, but his inactivity is another signal that the Lakers are ready to tank in earnest over their final 12 games. Boozer is not a viable fantasy option, even if he does claw his way back into the rotation. His absence opens up more minutes for Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre, but only Davis is a worth owning in standard leagues
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
    7:30 pm vs NO
  • Ryan Anderson (knee) still without timetable
    Ryan Anderson (knee) has begun working out at the Pelicans' practice facility, but he remains without an official timetable to return.

    Advice: Head coach Monty Williams said that Anderson is "closer," but he's still not at a point where Williams can say he'll play next week or even the week after. Anderson is making steady progress, but he's still nowhere near being ready for any game-time action. At this point in the fantasy season, Anderson belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:12 pm
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful for Wednesday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Garnett has been out since March 7, and he remains without an official timetable to return. At this point in his career, Garnett belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 2:27 pm
  • J.J. Barea will miss Tuesday's game vs Spurs
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: "He’s out tonight for sure," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said. "And my understanding is it’s more of a day-to-day thing. Not serious. But he turned it over the other day in practice. He’s not ready to go yet." Devin Harris is in line to see a minutes boost against the Spurs, but he isn't a lock to play as he recovers from an illness, so we may get a look at Raymond Felton if Harris experiences a setback before tip-off.
    Tuesday, 9:26 am
  • Tony Allen hoping for All-Defensive team
    Tony Allen said he wants to make the All-Defensive first time this year.

    Advice: "I’m sticking your elite two-guards in the league," Allen sayid. "Not even just two guards: I check the Durants, the Joe Johnsons, the Lebrons—the best player every night. They robbed me last yea. The only reason they didn’t put me in there is because I missed a lot of games, but this year I’m for sure first team." Allen has been on a tear as of late in averaging 11.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.8 steals over his last five games and needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 7:30 am
  • Allen productive in 27 minutes on Monday
    Tony Allen scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in Monday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Allen has been a top-75 player over the last month and it's well past time he's owned in all standard leagues.
    Monday, 8:02 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) out again for Monday
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He might miss the entire month of March and has been out since Feb. 26. Humphries can be ignored in most leagues. Marcin Gortat and Nene get a tough matchup tonight.
    Monday, 6:59 pm
  • Courtney Lee (hand) out again on Monday
    Courtney Lee (hand) will not play against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies should be OK without him. On Saturday, Jeff Green and Tony Allen played outstanding ball with Green putting up a 23-point gem and Allen double-doubling with six steals. They're both worth looks in all leagues tonight. Lee can be cut in most leagues until he's deemed healthy.
    Mar 23, 3:08 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) already ruled out for Tues
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's expected to miss multiple games due to his ankle sprain from Saturday's practice. Barea going down would have given more minutes to Devin Harris (illness), but he is also not 100 percent due to an illness. Raymond Felton could get some run as a backup for the Mavs.
    Mar 23, 11:54 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) has no timetable to return
    Head coach Rick Carlisle said that J.J. Barea's ankle injury isn't too serious, but he said there is no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Barea sprained his ankle at practice Saturday and isn't even traveling with the team, so we will go ahead and consider him doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. We will track Barea's status closely, but it's safe to drop him in most leagues. Devin Harris will get some more ball-handling responsibilities off the bench following this news and is worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Mar 22, 4:47 pm
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles yet again
    Russell Westbrook put up his 10th triple-double of the season on Sunday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting, to go with 10 rebounds, 17 assists, four steals, two blocks and six turnovers over 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ridiculous. Westbrook become the first player since Jason Kidd to have at least 10 triple-doubles in a season, and he also matched his career-high in assists tonight. He's been absolutely stupendous, and with Serge Ibaka (knee) and Kevin Durant (foot) out for the remainder of the regular-season, Russell is going to continue to flirt with video game-like lines. As a reminder, Westbrook was taken No. 4 overall on draft day, only behind Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley, and O.J. Mayo.
    Mar 22, 3:55 pm
  • Kevin Love struggles with shot on Sunday
    Kevin Love struggled with his shot during Sunday's win over the Bucks, scoring just nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, with three rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers through 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Love did not leave the bench during the fourth quarter as the game turned into a blowout, but consistency continues to be an issue for Cleveland's third-wheel. He's scored nine, 11, 10, eight, and 21 points in his previous five outings, and there's really no telling when the good Love is going to show up. He usually does enough in the rebounding and 3-point categories to balance out the minimal scoring production, but he's simply not the guy owners thought they were buying on draft day.
    Mar 22, 3:13 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) is inactive on Sunday
    Kris Humphries (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: There hasn't been a lot of information on Humphries' recovery and it's possible he sits out through the end of March. Humphries shouldn't be owners in just about any league right now, and his absence has opened up more minutes for Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin off the bench.
    Mar 22, 3:06 pm
  • Luol Deng cools off in 28 minutes vs. Thunder
    Luol Deng cooled off during Sunday's loss with six points on 3-of-7 shooting, four rebounds and three assists in just 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Deng's minutes were down due to the lopsided score, with only Dwyane Wade (12 points) and Goran Dragic (12 points) exceeding the 30-minute mark. He was averaging 16.7 points on 62.5 percent shooting in Miami's previous three games, and remains a solid late-middle round fantasy option when healthy.
    Mar 22, 3:03 pm
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